HP Slatebook 10 X2 and Slate 21 AiO, Tegra 4 devices?

It seems that HP may be looking to launch two new Android devices this year. HP Slatebook 10 X2 and Slate 21 AiO have been leaked thanks to AnTuTu benchmarking scores. Both devices have scored admirably which may suggest that HP is taking a leave from making budget tablets. Now that the HP Slate 7 is out of the way, the manufacturer can truly turn its attention towards other high end endeavors.

Previous rumors suggested that HP may opt for Intel’s Clover Trail processors but the recent surprising reveal of the HP Slatebook 10 X2 and Slate 21 AiO suggest that the company is partnering with Nvidia. Both the devices are packing a Tegra 4 processor, which is the top offering from the chip manufacturer. The tablets/devices are also running on Android version 4.2.1. While both the tablets share the same processor, the HP Slatebook 10 X2 scored higher at 27,259 than the Slate 21 AiO which scored 23,584. But we have to keep in mind that the benchmark results are never consistent and they can vary from test to test.

HP Slatebook 10 X2

The HP Slatebook 10 X2 seems to be a tablet/notebook combo with a removable keyboard dock. Of course this is just speculation on my part, so don’t swallow this whole. The name Slate”book” seems to suggest that we might get a device like the Asus Transformer, but who’s to say, the book would turn out mean nothing at all. The Slate 21 AiO may be a PC with Android as the secondary OS. But we don’t think that Tegra 4 will be able to run a full version of windows, leading us to believe that the device may actually have another processor.

It is good to see Tegra 4 being used in device; lately the chip hasn’t gotten much attention as many manufacturers are using the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon series. Right now Toshiba and ZTE are the only partners who are publically supporting Tegra 4, seeing HP join the ranks may give the much needed boost to the chip. We will get back to you if we have some more details about the HP Slatebook 10 X2 and Slate 21 AiO.

Source: UnwiredView and RBmen

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£129 Budget HP Slate 7 – Too Late?

HP has been making personal computers and laptops for a long time now and has been enjoying great success too.  Although the company produces great laptops (I’m typing on one), it has yet to impress us with its Android offerings. HP Slate 7 seems to be the gateway into the budget tablet world for the PC manufacturer, unfortunately it is coming a little too late. The HP Slate 7 will be available to UK residents starting 1st of May for the affordable price of only £129.

The HP Slate 7 is already up for preorder on HP’s UK website and is cited to ship in 1-2 weeks. But the retailer clearly states that the tablet will launch on 1st of May. The budget tablet was announced at Mobile World Congress 2013 held in Barcelona a few months back and it failed to impress us. Although the budget price of the HP Slate 7 clearly indicates that HP is aiming to ape the success of Nexus 7, which by the way is retailing for £159 in the region.

HP Slate 7

Yes it is LATE

Unfortunately the Android world has moved on and we are already looking forward for the next Nexus tablet. The fact that HP Slate 7 has little outdated specs will likely affect the number of sales it will be able to generate. Many of the potential buyers these days do a thorough research before purchasing any device, the current economic state demands that and HP Slate 7 will look quite sub-standard when compared with other devices, especially Nexus 7.

The HP Slate 7 comes with a 7 inch LCD display with 1024 x 600 pixel resolution. A 1.6 GHz dual core Cortex A9 processor will run the show with the aid of 1 GB RAM. The HP Slate 7 will feature 8 GB internal memory with microSD card slot, 3 MP rear and VGA front facing cameras and a 13.4 WHr battery. Usual connectivity options like WiFi and Bluetooth will also be included. On the OS side, the tablet will run Android version 4.1 Jelly Bean.

While we would love to support HP, it is quite evident that the HP Slate 7 is arriving late.

Source: HP UK

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HP Shows Off New Hologram Tech

We’re one step closer the holodeck from Star Trek, thanks to a new development that just came out of HP Labs. According to their researchers in Palo Alto, they have finally created a hologram which is capable of displaying in 3D on top of a screen rather than inside of it, and allows users to walk around a completely three dimensional image and see it in real space.

The leap in innovation was made by taking a traditional LCD display, and modifying it to accept a special type of projection device. What makes this especially interesting is that these are the same types of screens that we already have in our cell phones and tablets, so researchers hope these 3-D systems will enable new kinds of user interfaces for data visualization, portable electronics, and gaming.

Conventional 3-D, the kind we find in movie theaters, provides the viewer with only one perspective. The key to making a multiview 3-D display is reproducing all the light rays reflecting off an object from every angle and to get a different image to the left and right eye of the viewer. Some systems for producing multiview 3-D images require rapidly spinning mirrors; others use systems of graphics processors and lasers.


The HP display uses “nanopatterned grooves”, which HP researcher David Fattal calls ‘directional pixels’ to send light off in various directions. It requires no moving parts, and the patterns are built into a display component that already exists; the backlight.

The HP researchers showed that they could make static images with 200 viewpoints in total, or videos with 64 viewpoints at 30fps. The number of viewpoints in the video system has been limited by their ability to put the backlight together with the nanopatterned liquid-crystal shutters, but Fattal says the system should ultimately be easy to manufacture and envisions a world where consumers are using it on a worldwide basis, simply because it’s nothing more than a modified LCD.

“A 3-D interface for a cell phone or laptop might display different windows next to each other, or architects could use a tablet to show a 3-D model to a customer, instead of building a physical model,” he says. “Or you might use a smart watch to view Google Maps in 3-D.”

Source| The Verge


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HP Reports 8,000 New Vulnerabilities This Year

Earlier today at the RSA Conference 2013, HP reported that they had seen 8,000 new software vulnerabilities surface in 2012, close to a 20 percent increase over the previous year.

In their Cyber Risk Report, which has been seen by industry professionals as one of the most comprehensive evaluations of network security to look forward to annually, reports this is the highest number of backdoors that administrators have dealt with since 2006, and the the most common found so far have been cross-site scripting vulnerabilities in between major websites. This is a process wherein users are asked to use one login in order to verify another, and when properly hijacked it can give hackers full access to email accounts, Facebook, and many other secure servers simply by lifting your information as it passes between the two domains.

A perfect example of this is when you use Facebook to login to Spotify, even if it’s just to verify you aren’t trying to receive a second free trial. Phishing schemes drop in on the interactions the two servers are having through malware installed on the user’s computer, which then allow it to record any and all data transmissions that pass between each. The report estimates that up to 45 percent of all the security flaws found were of the cross-site scripting variety.

HP asks the hard questions

HP chief technology officer of enterprise security Jacob West told V3.co.uk that adapting to these threats is essential for the enterprise industry if they hope to stay one foot ahead of the competition this year.

“Even when armed with the right security intelligence, organisations must still focus on understanding and controlling risk rather than ‘winning’ the battle against attackers.” Focusing on a more defeatist perception of preservation rather than eradication, he continued.

“Threats are a given, managing their impact to acceptable levels is the challenge enterprises must address.”

With SQL injection, denial of service, buffer overflow, and remote file vulnerabilities rounding out the rest of the list, it’s easy to see that security firms still have a long way to go before we reach a point where any device or software can truly be considered “secure” in the mobile marketplace.


Read more at V3; http://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/news/2250534/hp-sees-8-000-software-vulnerabilities-in-2012-as-threats-escalate

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How to remove the hiberfil.sys file in Windows

If you use a Windows Operating System(OS) you might notice a pretty big file “hiberfil.sys”. If you don’t notice well it might still be there and you’re giving up tons of hard drive space for a feature you possibly don’t use. The hiberfil.sys file is used by the hibernation feature in Windows. When your computer enters hibernation mode the OS copies all the contents in the RAM to the hard drive. By contents in RAM what I mean in everyday terms is whatever programs you have open the data is copied to the hard driver for when you resume the computer from hibernation. So the hiberfil.sys file can be rather huge and the more RAM your computer has the bigger the file. This sucks especially if you don’t use the hibernation feature and want the extra hard drive space back. So if that is the case I’m about to tell you how to reclaim space in Windows.

It is a pretty simple and quick process. First you need to open a command prompt with administrator privilege. So depending on the version of Windows you are running you might click Start -> All Programs -> Accessories and look for Command Prompt or you might just do a search for “Command Prompt”. Then right click the icon and choose “Run as Administrator”. It may ask you for the administrator’s password so make sure you know it. You will see a window like the one below open.


At the command prompt type powercfg -h off and hit enter. It will take a little bit of time to execute the command and then you will be back to the empty command prompt. Type exit and hit enter to close the window. The hibernation feature has now been diabled and the hiberfil.sys file is gone.

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Big News: Dell to Go Private

The big news today is that Dell, the giant in the world of OEM computers, is going to be privatized. At the cost of $24.4 billion, Dell will retake control of the shares that were issued. The founder and CEO of Dell, Michael Dell, owns somewhere around 14%. He teamed up with Silver Lake Partners and Microsoft itself is putting in at $2 billion loan.

 What does all this mean for Dell?

DellThe deal will need to be approved by shareholders and is still subject to regulations. If all goes right, the deal will be wrapped up in July, at the end of Dell’s fiscal second quarter. Michael Dell will continue to lead the company as CEO, and he will maintain a very large equity investment in his company, in addition to making another very large additional investment.

In response, shares for Dell rose a lot, nearly 25%, since January 11, which was the last day before Bloomberg news reported the potential deal.

In the past, Dell was struggling, as the company’s stocks have lost a third of their value. The compnay had shifted its focus from areas of traditional computers, trying to provide business products. This undoubtedly ceded some very deep concerns for investors, even though the company said they will remain committed to the PC market. There’ve been several companies, including Lenovo, rivaling with both Dell and their largest competitor, Hewlett-Packard. This new deal is designed to provide the company the chance to turn around and Hewlett-Packard has made note of this, as saying this new model of Dell will leave the company very much in debt.

And Dell is not innocent when it comes to having other rival PC companies facing hardships. In fact, in 1997, Michael Dell said that Apple, who was struggling at the time, said he would shut Apple down and give the money back to shareholders. When HP consider making PCs, please said via social media that many customers would be leaving HP.

In August of 2012, Michael Dell had made the comment to the Board of Directors that he was interested in making the company private. In response, a special committee was formed to advise on the proper way to go about this.

The deal can still change as there is a special go shop, which will last for 45 days. This is designed to give anybody who wants to make a competing offer do so and see if there any better deal out there that are available to Dell.

Dell has a long road ahead of it. The road to privatization is a long one and Dell will have to make fiscal decisions that will not affect production or leave it at the mercy of competitors. Only time will tell if this is truly the best path for Dell to take and whether or not this giant will continue as it has done in the past.


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What is the Post-PC era?

Apple has been talking about the Post-PC era since the introduction of the iPad. Now three years later I don’t feel we are any closer to it happening industry wide. Yes for a lot of people the iPad can seriously augment their PC use or even replace it. However when you talk about a Post-PC era it’s a very different thing. Well actually, it depends on the definition of Post-PC era doesn’t it? What is the Post-PC era?

Post-PC eraThere will always be a need for computers at least the way things are right now. It’s great that Apple’s CEO Tim Cook is able to replace 80% of his computing needs by using an iPad and iPhone combination. However, just like his pay checks aren’t representative of the regular person’s neither are his computing needs. So using him as an example of the Post-PC era just doesn’t work. Does he need to use Photoshop, Illustrator, AutoCAD, 3Ds Max or play hardcore computer games? Probably not and these are all examples of why a Post-PC era in terms of PCs disappearing completely is not possible now.

What is the Post-PC Era?

Like I said it all depends on the definition of a Post-PC era. Computers are all around us, from servers that run bank accounts and credit cards to fast food drive thrus. However if the computer becomes the workhorse, doing the heavy lifting then a Post-PC era could be one where smartphones and tablet devices become the interface. They become the way you control the workhorse and that definition of a Post-PC era might be a little closer than we ultimately think. There are already remote apps that allow smartphones and tablet devices to connect and control computers. Windows computers have had a Remote Desktop Connection client for awhile now.

Even using this definition, which is the way I look at it, that time while attainable is still a ways off. If people are to still have the same usefulness they do now the smartphones and tablet devices will need to be a lot more powerful and capable. However it is a lot closer than what the majority of people think when they hear “Post-PC era”. They picture a time when the current “computer” is obsolete and sits in a corner covered in dust and cobwebs. A time when smartphones and tablet devices are able to do everything a computer does now and more. This isn’t happening anytime soon because they simply are not capable of that now and will not be for the forseeable future.

I on the other hand do look forward to a time when all I carry around is a 15 inch iPad. My computer box stays parked at work and home with only a power cord and internet connection. No matter where I am I connect to the box and do whatever I need to do. All the processing power staying inside my computer box allowing me to upgrade it easily. The hardcore gamers would be able to touch their games and ofcourse as always they would have custom setups. It’s the thing of dreams but it wasn’t too long ago that people watched Star Trek or other science fiction shows and that kind of technology seemed like a dream. Yet here we are today with smartphones, 32GBs of data in your pocket and the ability to touch our screens.

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